Analytics and Interview

On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Are we ready for peace?

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The international project “Are we ready for Peace” took place from 4 to 24th of September, 2010. SCI Germany was the main organizer. Representatives of SCI Germany, the UK, Switzerland and partnership organizations from Russia, namely “Sodrujestvo” (Cheboksary) and YHRM took part in this project.
The main aim of this meeting was marking out the main ideas of “peace work” in different countries and different organizations, analyzing the key concepts and definitions which are connected with this activity. The main question of this meeting was “What is the meaning of Peace for us?”, “Are there any differences in understanding of Peace?”. And as a result, marking out a common platform for working together in this sphere.
This project had 3 parts. Firstly, participants visited some SCI projects in Moers( Germany). During the second part all of them were separated in some groups and were distributed to different SCI branches in Belgium and France. They visited the International Secretariat in Antwerp (Belgium), the office VIA in Brussels and some others organizations. The third part was devoted for visits to the Russian organizations and making conclusion of this project. During this part participants discussed questions about volunteering, NGO and Human Rights in Russia, the main difficulties of cooperation between organizations both in Russia and in other countries. The expert Elizoveta Zhirikova (“Compassion”) was invited, who describe the situation with Alternative Civil Service in Russia.
One participant Svetlana Ivolgina, YHRM correspondent said: “The main result of this meeting was opening new horizons of possible partnerships between Russian and European organizations. During this project some ideas of possible cooperation were created and we hope they will be work out successfully.”

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